DC’s Best Casual International-Restaurants

DC’s reputation as a globally focused city extends to its fantastic restaurant scene, with plenty of delicious options from around the world. You don’t need to shell out the big bucks to try some of the District’s top international eats, since there are plenty of modestly prices lunch options that offer a more casual atmosphere to taste the city’s multi-cultural offerings.


Gallery Place Middle Eastern spot Shouk specializes in Mediterranean lunch options like pita wraps with hot harissa sauce, a cooling tahini, or a roasted veggie salad with pistachios. Everything on the menu also happens to be vegan, meaning your lunch will be just as healthy as it is delicious.

655 K St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
(202) 652-1464

Bab Korean Fusion

Fans of Tex-Mex cuisine and Korean barbecue will find common ground at this fusion joint on H Street. The homey, innovative restaurant marries Southwestern ingredients like tortilla, salsa, and avocado with Asian flavors like ginger and soy for a delicious, burst-in-your mouth combo.

1387 H St NE Suite A, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-8999

District Taco

Only a ten-minute walk from the St. Gregory, this fast/casual Mexican spot is the perfect local alternative to Chipotle (yes, it’s delicious, but come on.) Come here to dine on Yucatan-style tacos (we’re all about the slow-cooked barbacoa pork filling).

1919 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 888-9898


Located in Metro Center, this super-hip fast and casual spot serves sushi with a twist. All the regular Japanese flavors you know and love are available, but they’re served as giant, burrito-sized maki rolls.

1213 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 838-6602

Paper Horse

This laidback ramen spot, run by the owner of DC dining destinations Toki Underground and Maketto, just happens to be in the basement of a Foggy Bottom Whole Foods. Head over to this eclectic counter-serve for a warming bowl of fragrant noodles from one of the best chefs in town.

2201 I St NW
Washington, DC 20037